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I received the following announcement from Joan Frosch on our campus and thought it might be of interest to others on the H-AfrArt list. We are deeply saddened to announce the untimely death of University of Florida's first African Artist-in-Residence, Godwin Kwasi Agbeli. Godwin was a virtuoso drummer, a widely recognized expert in Ghanaian traditional culture, and a great humanitarian. Emmanuel K. Agbeli, his son and protégé, relayed the following message by FAX on April 20: "I have very sad news to inform you of. During my visit to America last year I was informed that my father, Godwin Agbeli, had a stomach sickness. I was told he was admitted to the hospital for three days. He came home two days before I left America and picked me up at the airport. He drove me back to our village (Kopeyia) but soon after felt more pains. He spent some weeks at the hospital in Denu, was transferred to a hospital in Ho, finally ending up in the Korlebu hospital in Accra. Unfortunately he didn't get better and died at Korlebu Medical Block Hospital in Accra on the 28th of March 1998." According to his friend Robert Levin, Godwin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the week before he died. Godwin was 55 years old. David Locke, the ethnomusicologist who introduced Godwin to University of Florida, will travel to Ghana on May 4 for the wakekeeping on May 8 and funeral on May 9. If you would like to make a contribution to the funereal and other expenses of the family, you may send a money order or cashier's check to arrive by May 4 to: David Locke 19 Sagamore Avenue Medford, Mass. 02155 Many of you and your students have been forever touched by his contributions to the cultural life of our community. We want deeply to pay tribute to Godwin's legacy at the University of Florida. We will be back in touch with you soon to let you know our ideas and would appreciate your thoughts and ideas, as well. Thank you. In memory of our teacher and father, Joan Frosch and Larry Crook Directors Center for World Arts University of Florida